2014-05-01 / Obituaries

Gladys Helen Bennett

Helen Bennett was born on July 8, 1918 in Illinois and died on April 23, 2014 at the age of 95, in Bakersfield.

Helen was the fourth of four children born to Charles and Milie Glad of Stronghurst, Ill. In 1921, the family moved to Tulare, where she later graduated from Tulare Union High School. After high school, Helen met Clarence Bennett, a young man from the Tulare area who was then serving in the United States Navy during World War II. They later married and lived in Los Angeles for a period of time and then moved to Stockton where Clarence made a career with the United States Postal Service.

The couple was blessed with three children: Brian, Shirley, and Ivar. Helen enjoyed teaching piano and organ lessons for many years in Stockton and attended the Stockton Church of God. In 1973, Clarence retired from the postal service and the couple moved to Raymond, near Mariposa. Helen continued to play the piano at the family’s new church home, Mariposa United Methodist Church and served the church’s youth director in Sunday school.

Helen was preceded in death by her loving husband and her three children. Helen is survived by her grandson, Michael Bennett and three nephews: Lester Glad of Sarasota, Fla., A.J. Hays of Portland, Ore., and Albert Gosling of Houston, Texas—as well as numerous great-nephews and great-nieces.

The family extends its heartfelt thanks to the Comfort Care facility in Bakersfield and the caretakers who are employed there. Thanks is also extended to Mercy Hospice of Bakersfield for the staff’s compassionate care during Helen’s last days.

A celebration of Helen’s life will be held at the Mariposa United Methodist Church on Saturday, May 3 at 3 p.m. Interment will be at the White Rock Cemetery near Raymond.

The family recalls words from the Book of Isaiah, “The ransomed of The Lord will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away,” (Isaiah 51:11).

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